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Dr Charles Norman MacLeod

Strathclyde Chancellor'S Fellow

Electronic and Electrical Engineering

Personal statement

Charles MacLeod is a Lecturer in the Centre for Ultrasonic Engineering. After being awarded a Masters in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with Distinction at Strathclyde, Charles then went on to undertake a PhD in Automated Non – Destructive Evaluation.

While undertaking his PhD Charles, was seconded to Spirit AeroSystems, in Prestwick to undertake Knowledge Exchange activities built on fundamental EPSRC funded research.  Through this secondment a combined automated NDE and metrology cell was developed and exploited.

Charles was awarded the prestigious University of Strathclyde EPSRC Doctoral Prize for 2014, for his work investigating automated non-contact ultrasound. This work which is currently on-going has great potential in terms of scanning rates and throughput, therefore offering large reduction in overall production cycle time.

Charles has vast experience in electrical and mechanical engineering areas such as robotics, sensors, electronics, mechanical jigs and software.

His research interests include:

Non-Destructive Evaluation

Sensors including Ultrasonic, Electromagnetic, Tactile and Visual




Low noise electronics.


Charles has delivered impact in the form of dissemination, new revenue, commercialisation and product hardware through a number of high profile KE projects. This has been achieved and backed up by fundamental budget and deadline reliability. 

Teaching Activities.

Charles regularly assists with the core Instrumentation and Microcontrollers, Lectures, Laboratories and Tutorials. Additionally he is a registered Small Group Tutor for 1st Year students. 


Off-line scan path planning for robotic NDT
Morozov M., Pierce S.G., MacLeod C.N., Mineo C., Summan R.
Measurement Vol 122, pp. 284-290, (2018)
Index based triangulation method for efficient generation of large three-dimensional ultrasonic C-scans
Mineo Carmelo, Riise Jonathan, Summan Rahul, MacLeod Charles N., Pierce S. Gareth
Insight: The Journal of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, (2018)
Bipartite guidance, navigation and control architecture for autonomous aerial inspections under safety constraints
Punzo Giuliano, MacLeod Charles, Baumanis Kristaps, Summan Rahul, Dobie Gordon, Pierce Stephen, Macdonald Malcolm
Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, (2018)
Machining-based coverage path planning for automated structural inspection
MacLeod Charles Norman, Dobie Gordon, Pierce Stephen Gareth, Summan Rahul, Morozov Maxim
IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering Vol 15, pp. 202-213, (2018)
Low cost three-dimensional virtual model construction for remanufacturing industry
Siddiqi Muftooh UR, Ijomah Winifred L., Dobie Gordon I., Hafeez Muthair, Pierce S. Gareth, Ion William, Mineo Carmelo, MacLeod Charles N.
International Conference on Remanufacturing, (2017)
Introducing a new method for efficient visualization of complex shape 3D ultrasonic phased-array C-scans
Mineo Carmelo, Summan Rahul, Riise Jonathan, MacLeod Charles N., Pierce S. Gareth
IEEE International Ultrasonics Symposium, (2017)

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Professional activities

Invited Speaker at National Nuclear Laboratory Signature Research Day
Invited speaker
AFRC CUE/Views Overview
NNL Signature R&D Seminar on Legacy Waste, Decommissioning & Disposal
NNL Signature R&D Seminar on Legacy Waste, Decommissioning & Disposal
Invited speaker
Integrated Manufacturing Systems, Automation, Instrumentation and Control Workshop
Invited speaker

more professional activities


Acoustic Based Characterisation of arc fusion process control parameters
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Dobie, Gordon (Co-investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Mulholland, Anthony (Co-investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator) Tant, Katherine Margaret Mary (Co-investigator)
Period 02-Apr-2018 - 30-Mar-2020
ANRC 012-01_Ultrasonic Inspection and Monitoring for Challenging Industrial Welding Applications_CORE
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator)
Period 01-Apr-2018 - 31-Mar-2021
ANRC 015 Small-Bore pipe Ultrasonic Inspection Technology and Examination (SUITE) - GATED 18 months
Gachagan, Anthony (Principal Investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Feb-2018 - 31-Jul-2019
Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP 2016-2017 University of Strathclyde) | Vasilev, Momchil
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator) Vasilev, Momchil (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Apr-2021
Industrial CASE Account - University of Strathclyde 2017 | Watson, Robert James
MacLeod, Charles Norman (Principal Investigator) Pierce, Stephen (Co-investigator) Watson, Robert James (Research Co-investigator)
Period 01-Oct-2017 - 01-Oct-2021
Pierce, Stephen (Principal Investigator) Gachagan, Anthony (Co-investigator) Ion, William (Co-investigator) MacLeod, Charles Norman (Co-investigator) Mineo, Carmelo (Co-investigator) Ridgway, Keith (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jul-2017 - 30-Jun-2019

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Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Technology Innovation Centre

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